December 2012

Nuclear power and war are two sides of the same coin
(Saturday, 29 December 2012 )

TOKYO (SE): “Fukushima has become a place where those suffering inflict pain on each other. Fukushima is crying out, the land and sky are weeping. Please listen to the voice of Fukushima, please listen to the cries of the lives of the children who are silent,” a Buddhist priest declared at the Interreligious Conference on Nuclear Weapons held in Aizu-Wakamatsu and Iwaki, the province of Fukushima in Japan, between December 4 and 7.

When news reporting becomes a witch hunt
(Saturday, 5 January 2013 )


HONG KONG (SE): One of the most widely published incidents involving the Catholic Church in recent days has been the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar in a hospital in Galway, Ireland.

The tragic circumstances of her death seem to have been used by opportunistic media and politicians to attack the Catholic Church over its teaching on abortion, as without particular reference to the facts surrounding the...

Church must make its voice heard in society
(Saturday, 29 December 2012 )

In one of the more traumatic weeks in India, the media exposed their bigotry and their blood thirst in ample measure over the tragic death in Ireland of an Indian dentist, Savita Halappanavar, from Karnataka state, of septicemia following a miscarriage, and the execution by hanging of Ajmal Kasab, a 25-year-old Pakistani citizen, who had been part of a terrorist commando group that killed over 160 persons during a hotel hijack in Mumbai four years ago....

Blessed are the peace-makers
(Saturday, 29 December 2012 )

There are many voices competing to set the value agenda for the Year of Faith, which runs through to November 24 next year. Pope Benedict is encouraging Christians everywhere to rediscover a taste for feeding themselves on the word of God.

A recurring theme in Jesus’ discussions with his disciples is peace.

At the end of his ministry here on earth, after his...

Pope calls for a pedagogy for peace-making
(Saturday, 29 December 2012 )

VATICAN (SE): In his message for the Forty-Sixth World Day of Peace, Pope Benedict XVI cites with alarm what he calls hotbeds of tension and conflict caused by the ever-growing gap between rich and poor.

He laments what he calls the selfish and individualistic mindset which finds its expression in unregulated financial capitalism, of which he says in addition to the varied forms of terrorism and international crime...

President of Palestinian Authority meets pope
(Saturday, 5 January 2013 )


VATICAN (SE): The president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, was received in audience by Pope Benedict XVI on the morning of December 17 at the Vatican Apostolic Palace, the Vatican Information Service reported.

After the private audience, Abbas then met with the secretary for Relations with States, Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone, and Archbishop Dominique Mamberti.


Is the pope a hip geek or advertising pawn?
(Saturday, 29 December 2012 )


HONG KONG (SE): While it may be good to chalk up a few firsts in life, especially if you are pope, the new twitter account opened by Pope Benedict XVI, @Pontifex, has already raised the question whether the pope is really a hip geek or a pawn of the electronics industry.

To be up with the latest is a challenge to all world leaders and even Archbishop Rowan Williams, until recently archbishop of Canterbury,...

Late bishop remembered for formation work
(Saturday, 29 December 2012 )


YIBIN (AsiaNews): Bishop John Chen Shizhong, from Yibin in China, died at the age of 96 on December 16 in hospital in his hometown and was buried from his cathedral church on the following day at 8.30am.

A veteran of several years in prison, he was also put to work as a farmer during the Cultural Revolution, but after rehabilitation he resumed relations with the Holy See and became a major force in the...

Cardinal Zen vents ire over firing of Bishop Ma
(Saturday, 29 December 2012 )


HONG KONG (SE) : The former bishop of Hong Kong, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, said in an entry on his blog that the recent move to strip the newly ordained auxiliary Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin in Shanghai  of his mitre and crosier by the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association and the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China is probably just a cover for the real culprits.

“They may...

A Blue Christmas is more than a bad dream
(Saturday, 29 December 2012 )


HONG KONG (SE): While dreaming of a White Christmas may conjure up happy memories that can be looked forward to again in the future, the thought of facing a Blue Christmas is not even a bad dream, but a frightening reality for many people.

At a Eucharist offered at St. John’s Cathedral on the evening of December 16, people facing a Blue Christmas were invited to express their sorrow and pray for healing...